TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A female police officer who was
dispatched to a peaceful protest by Canadian members of the United
Steelworkers at the headquarters of Crown Holdings in Philadelphia was
struck by a car allegedly carrying a key corporate officer of the
company. The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. today.
The identity and condition of the police officer has not been disclosed.
Carolyn Egan who headed a delegation of Steelworkers on a 500-mile bus
trip from Toronto, described the incident as horrifying and without
"The police were just doing their job ensuring that everyone was safe in
the peaceful protest, and the driver stopped briefly to take a leaflet
and said, 'You better let me through because the guy in the back may be
able to solve your problem' and then sped away hitting the
officer," said Egan.
The identity of the corporate officer has also not been disclosed.
The police were there to keep everyone safe, could not have been more
polite and then this happened, said Ken Hetherton, president of USW
According to the USW, the injured officer said if the Steelworkers were
not there to help her and pull her out of the way she could been more
"While this may not have been intentional it does show the level of
tension that has been building as a result of Crown forcing us on
strike," said Hetherton.
Over 120 USW members were forced on strike in Toronto after Crown
Holdings demanded that new and younger workers be given a lower
permanent wage scale and other cuts.
The union members are protesting against Crown and its CEO John Conway
who earned $6,000 per hour in 2012 and whose salary was the target of
major shareholder wrath.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, firstname.lastname@example.org